Top 5 Best YA Murder Mystery Novels

It seems like nowadays, the most popular books are the intense romance ones. Books written by Colleen Hoover and Jenny Han are the latest craze, and don’t get me wrong, they are really good books. However, there is nothing like a good YA Murder mystery novel. So, if you are looking for a change of book genre, here are the top 5 best murder mystery novels for you!

‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson


‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ is a teen crime novel that follows 17-year-old Puppa Fitz-Amobi devices that for her senior project, she is going to investigate her town’s most notorious crime: The murder of Andie Bell and the suicide of her alleged killer. The more Pippa investigates, the more apparent it becomes that the case isn’t nearly as open and shut as people believe. 

‘The Naturals’ by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals follows the story of a girl named Cassie who is recruited to work with the FBI to solve cold murder cases. Cassie lives with a small group of fellow teens with special, ‘natural’ abilities in a house which the FBI has set the teens to live in. As a new killer strikes, danger looms closer to what Cassie could have ever imagined. 

‘Famous Last Words’ By: Katie Alender

This murder mystery novel follows the story of Willa, who starts seeing things. First it starts off with things like a dead body in her swimming pool, then it goes to frantic messages on her walls, and seeing a reflection that is not her own– almost as if someone is trying to send her a message. 

Meanwhile, a killer is striking in Los Angeles, and it seems like his is reenacting famous movie murder scenes. Will Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? 

 ‘One of Us Is Lying’ by: Karen M. McManus

This book follows the story of five students who go into detention, and only four come out. The remaining teens become primary suspects in the murder of their fellow classmate, Simon. On monday, he died, but on Tuesday he had planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates who were stuck in detention with him. Did one of them murder Simon? Or are they just perfect patsies for a killer who is still on the loose?

‘The Missing Season’ by Gillian French 

Every October, a kid goes missing in the town of Pender, and the locals claim a monster known as the Mumbler is responsible. However, newcomer Clara suspects there’s a far more human culprit behind the town’s most notorious legend.


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